play this year. You and I have no contract legally because of the interference of Mr. Dan. Yet I am not showing the play to Kate. I am going to wait for you. You are the one for Joan. --Considering these things don't you owe it to me to allow an immediate picture sale? Please let me know at once how you feel about this? 2
October 26, 1945
Dear Sam-- 1
Forgive me for being so late in thanking you for that note about my play. The note came in time to save me from an overwhelmingly adverse vote--and I know that you wrote it at a time when you were desperately trying to do something with your own play. At the moment I'm wondering whether I shouldn't give up on that one--and not go any further toward a production. A playwright is always caught between the need to protect his own concept and the need for criticism. He must have both--and when to fight for his concept and when to give up--who can decide except the madman in between? 2
I was sorry I couldn't come down to see your play. I want to see you soon, anyway. My best (I slip this in slyly) to Elia.